Jason Day hits hole-in-one, donates BMW to charity — BMW Championship

BMW Championship- Final Round

Marc Leishman opened up a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the BMW Championship as Rory McIlroy's FedEx Cup hopes faded.

The world number 22 has won twice on the PGA Tour, including the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida in March.

The Australian contingent at Conway Farms had a superb day out with Cameron Smith joining Leishman and Day inside the top-10 through 36 holes.

"We were trying to land it 182 (yards) and I kind of pushed it".

Like last week at the Dell Technologies Championship two weeks ago at TPC Boston. And while he hit a week-low 11 greens as the surfaces firmed up in Round 3, he offset his two bogeys with five birdies, including three from 13 feet and out, to expand his lead.

McIlroy won the FedEx Cup previous year but the Northern Irishman is set to relinquish his crown with a Tour Championship berth virtually out of reach as he continues to struggle at the BMW Championship.

'And last week I showed that a couple of shots going in the back nine is not enough.

Spieth heads the FedExCup standings -- and the race for the $US10 million ($F20m) bonus awarded to the overall season champion -- with only next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta remaining after this week. "I can't get too far ahead of myself".

Thomas also carded a 70 that left him in a group on 137 while Johnson closed with back-to-back bogeys in a 72 that left him languishing on one-over 143.

Ranked 51st in the FedEx Cup standings before the tournament got underway in IL - with the top 30 players progressing to the season-ending Tour Championship - McIlroy is facing a mountain to climb following Friday's second-round 69, which left him 15 shots behind leader Marc Leishman.

"I would love to sign off on a good note, it would be nice to have something positive to go into the off season with but I am excited to get ready for next year".

"I lost a little confidence in myself and my game, and the ability to go out and get the win", Day said.

There was plenty of good stuff from the guys chasing him in the third FedEx Cup playoff event.

On the seventh hole, Leishman chipped in beautifully before rolling the ball in on the long green for a birdie, before repeating the trick, putting in from beyond the fringe on the eighth.

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